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Upstart Crow

Synopsis
Episode 1 - The Green-Eyed Monster
William Shakespeare is on a mission to achieve upward mobility for himself and his family. With his old rival, Robert Greene, firmly in place as the Master of Heralds, William’s ambitions seems doomed. However, when he meets an African Prince, Otello, William devises a plan to secure the much needed support of the aristocracy.

Episode 2 - I Know Thee Not Old Man
William is about to go to Stratford to get some writing done when an old teacher decides to visit. The teacher’s visit conjures terrible childhood memories that William would rather forget.

Episode 3 - I Did Adore a Twinkling Star
When his nemesis, Robert Greene, tricks William into writing a dark tragedy for an aristocratic client who like romances, the Bard has to write a new play before it’s too late.

Episode 4 - Food of Love
William’s new play about twins who are separated at birth and given the same name attracts the criticism of being too far fetched. Undaunted, he decides to us the songs of the Tudor Music legend, Thomas Morley, to create his first ever musical.

Episode 5 - Beware My Sting
Buoyed by the success of his new play, "The Taming of the Shrew", William decides to try out Petruchio’s strategy for managing women; on the female members of his own family. He’s surprised to discover that it’s much harder to make life imitate art.

Episode 6 - Sweet Sorrow
The completion of "Romeo and Juliet" gives Williams he unenviable task of telling the seasoned actors, Burbage and Condell, that they are too old to play the star-crossed, teenaged lovers. If Greene has his way, he whole production will be shut down by the Puritans!
Series
Series 2
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2017
Subjects
Shakespeare
Keywords
family history; mobility; Othello (character)
Related items
Star Crossed Lovers

Credits

Director
Matt Lipsey; Richard Boden
Producer
Gareth Edwards
Cinematographer
Martin Kempton; Tony Keene
Writer
Ben Elton
Editor
Dominic Coleman; Jake Bernard
Music
Grant Olding
Production Design
Alex Beverley; Julian Fullalove
Costume
Leah Archer
Contributor
Fay Compton
Cast
David Mitchell 
Gemma Whelan 
Harry Enfield 
Helen Monks 
Jake J. Meniani 
Jocelyn Jee Esien 
Lisa Tarbuck 
Mark Heap 
Paula Wilcox 
Rob Rouse 
Spencer Jones 
Steve Spiers 
Steve Toussaint 
Tim Downie 

Production Company

Name

BBC Studios

Distributor (VHS)

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
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